In the novel BioShock: Rapture, Bill McDonagh's goodbye to his wife and daughter, Elaine and Sophie as they're being allowed to escape from Rapture, with him getting left behind. It wasn't helped by the fact that it's a fatherly sort of thing to say.
Bill's daughter looked over her shoulder at him. Bill tried to fill his mind with the last sight he would have of her.
"Good-bye, love!" he called, waving once. "Your old dad loves you!" Then Elaine pulled Sophie along with her, through a doorway, and out of his sight...
- The disintegration of Rapture was a tearjerker by dint of being a Foregone Conclusion: Yet it starts out so optimistically, with people being proud and awestruck that they built a city under the sea. Then begin the leaks both literal and metaphorical, women forced into prostitution because they can't find any other niche in Rapture and can't get away, the growing prevalence of both Splicers and firearms and finally the death of McDonagh, who was part of Rapture from the start and probably its biggest believer, being shot in exchange for letting his family go free. It's as if that moment marks Rapture's total conversion into the hellhole of the first game.
- At this point, you can't help but to feel bad for Andrew Ryan. Watching his descent into paranoia as his paradise crumbled was one thing, but he can't even be there to watch his goons carry out his order to execute McDonagh, as if he's aware that this was the last person left who had trusted him and had been trusted.
- A very, very bittersweet tearjerker was that Ryan normally crucified and tortured people who tried to escape, but made his goons, who were also McDonagh's friends, shoot him in the head instead because he couldn't bear to see him die.
"Nyet-he understands better than you think." Karlosky said. "A lot of others here, he watched them die. But...he can't be here for this. He told me, He couldn't stand to watch you die, Bill. Not good friend like you..."
Bill smiled. He never heard the gunshot that killed him.